Bauxite Schools Testing Newsletter

February 3, 2016

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ACT, ACT Aspire, IOWA, ELPA 21, MSAA - Who Takes What?

ACT - All 11th graders - March 1

ACT Aspire - 3rd - 10th graders - April 11 - May 13

IOWA - 1st & 2nd graders - April 4 - 15

ELPA 21 - Students who are classified as Limited English Proficiency - Feb. 1 - March 11

MSAA - Students with Severe Cognitive Disabilities - March 30 - May 13

Interim vs. Classroom: Both Are Called Periodics

Interim - Gr. 3-10, English, Math, Reading, Science

Classroom - Gr. 3-8 English, Math, Reading, Science


District Expectations: Take a 25 point grade on the interims. Don't count questions your students have not yet been taught.


Make a plan for getting that info taught before April 11.


Set up periodic test dates with your building counselor.

Differences Between PARCC and ACT Aspire

  • High School Accountability is Tied to Grade 10 only
  • 9th and 10th graders will take the same test
  • Students can't read when they finish their tests this year
  • There is NO read aloud or text to speech in English or Reading, even with an IEP
  • No calculators for grades 3-5
  • Only 1 time to test, and about 4 hours total testing time!
  • Much More Grammar
  • Cold Prompt Writing
  • Science is included!

State-Required Infrastructure Trial

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 9:45am

BHS, BMS, PHE, MA - Some Classrooms. Check link below.

This trial will not test students. It will just test our system. All students will take the same test, which is a 7th grade science test. They are not expected to get the questions right! :)

Check this Google Doc to see if your classroom is one that will do the infrastructure trial! https://goo.gl/pP72fz


If you are not involved in the infrastructure trial, please do not stream video or music at that time.

Dates for Summative Testing

1-2 Grades - Apr. 4-8

3rd Grade - Apr. 25-26

4th Grade - Apr. 20-21

5th Grade - April 18-19

6th Grade - April 13-14

7th Grade - April 11-12

8th Grade - April 13-14

9th Grade - April 11-12

10th Grade - April 13-14

11th Grade - March 1

What if parents want to know more about the test?

I would direct parents to these two sites. http://actaspire.pearson.com/exemplars.html and http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/learning-services/assessment/act-aspire/resources-for-parentsstudents. I can also answer any questions they have (501-557-5491).